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Optical Demand Increases According to ADVA Optical Networking

April 14, 2010

Optical component shortages are not something we have heard about much since the CLEC bubble of the late nineties yet Jim Theodoras - Director of Technical Marketing at ADVA Optical Networking explained he had recently come from an optical trade show where this was being discussed.

In a discussion, Theodoras pointed out that his company has been a slow and steady grower for a number of years with a strong cash position (recent earnings). In addition, a key to their success has been a diverse product line from NIDs to DWDM equipment. While ADVA doesn't focus on winning with the smallest margins or lowest price, they do look to be trusted partners with their customers and look to be in the problem solving business as opposed to pushing out cookie-cutter solutions.

Tango Networks Deploys Carrier FMC

April 12, 2010

If you want to know how carriers choose equipment providers to partner with look no further than the mating habits of the Sumatran Rhinoceros. Before you ask me if I am willing to share some of my medication with you, please hear me out. You see the male rhino has to fight off other rhinos and then chase the female for potentially long distances until mating is allowed.

And this is exactly the sort of thing that happens when carriers decide to partner with an equipment provider.

CradlePoint Turns Phones and 3G modems into Access Points

March 31, 2010

 


Two years back I hacked into my Verizon XV6800 - an HTC device so I could install WMWifiRouter software which turned the phone into a hotspot. I still remember getting it to work and marveling at how people in the TMC conference room could connect to my pseudo AP and work as usual. Sure, the phone got hot enough to melt concrete and the battery was depleted faster than the US treasury but still, it was an amazing achievement.

Twitter Plunger Presents Tweets Based on Web Page

March 29, 2010

You know TMC as a global media company reaching millions reporting on technology and communications. What you may not know is that in our spare time - and yes, every now and then we get some of it, we like to write applications to make your life easier. Case in point is Twitter Plunger, a new Google Chrome Extension allowing you to instantly search Twitter for all news related to whatever web page you happen to be on.

When you click on the plunger icon you are immediately presented with (plunged) results based upon the first word of the title tag of the page you are on.

Qualcomm iMoD: Breakthrough Biomemetic Screen Technology

March 29, 2010

One of the more interesting items worth sharing from this past week's CTIA show last week in Las Vegas is an interview with Cheryl Goodman of Qualcomm who showed me a prototype of a revolutionary biomemetic screen technology called Mirasol which emulates nature. Specifically the display borrows from butterflies, mimicking the way the insect's wings reflect light.




Using a technology called Interferometric Modulation or iMoD, the system uses two plates (the top one is a reflective membrane) which are separated by a small distance. A small voltage applied to the bottom plate brings the two closer together via electrostatic attraction (think balloon rubbed on your hair).



Communications Veteran Mike Ross Joins 4PSA

March 19, 2010

I just got word that communications industry veteran Mike Ross will become the new COO and Director of the Americas of 4PSA. The good news is this company has nothing to do with prostate health . Instead, they recently integrated their VoipNow Professional with Open-Xchange version 6.16 in order to integrate SIP, VoIP and social networking. If you think about it, unified communications is only unified when it integrates with social networks.

Facebook Passes Google in US Traffic

March 15, 2010

Apple iPhone Developer Agreement Made Public

March 11, 2010

Dear developers, you have no power, no recourse beyond $50 and are at our complete mercy.

NASA has an iPhone app and the mere fact that this government agency chose to develop one means that the EFF was able to use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the Apple iPhone developer agreement - the closely guarded document which gives Apple the power to pull applications at will and be the final arbiter of what apps make it into the iTunes App Store.

As pointed out by ZDnet's Jason O'Grady and the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Fred von Lohman, here are some of the important items contained in this 33 page document:

  • A ban on public statements, forbidding developers to speak about the agreement.
  • Apps made with the iPhone software development kit can only be distributed through the App Store, meaning rejected apps can't be served through the underground app store Cydia, for instance.
  • Apple indemnifies itself against developer liability surpassing $50, meaning if developers get sued, Apple will be liable for no more than $50 in damages.
  • No reverse engineering or enabling others to reverse-engineer, the iPhone SDK.
  • No messing with Apple products.

Adobe Comes Out Swinging Against Apple

March 9, 2010

Seeing Adobe Air and Flash run on a device which is similar to the iPad makes users wonder just why Apple has chosen not to support these ubiquitous technologies

Steve Jobs is one of the most powerful people in business and especially technology. So when he comes out publicly and says Adobe's Flash technology has problems and he won't support it in his products, people take notice. In response to this threat from Apple, Adobe has gone on the offensive and most recently partnered with HP on the company's Slate tablet and more importantly have put out a video which shows how powerful Flash can be on a handheld computer.

LastApp: A Reason to Jailbreak your iPhone

March 3, 2010

One of the most frustrating parts of using the iPhone is that it does not allow you to quickly switch between applications. Seriously - my kingdom for a back button. On a PC, we use Alt-Tab constantly and it is incredibly productive. Sadly Apple does not have a way to do the same on an iPhone and it is likely partially because battery life could be compromised by allowing all apps to run in the background.

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